Medical Marvel

Landmark trachea transplant pushes boundaries for making your own body parts.
1:44 | 01/15/12

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A Maryland man has a lot today thanks to a new body part made in the lab with his own stem cells. And it kind of material you likely have -- in your home right now and tonight doctors say that this is just the beginning. Here's ABC's Linda Davis. Chris smiles is living proof of a new -- in medicine. Regenerative therapy growing replacement body parts with your own stem cells. In Chris -- case a wind -- that was being eaten away by disease. They told me hey. Very rare cancer that it was an -- basically. Two months after turning thirty he was told he had just six months to live and would need a transplant. So in November Chris went to Sweden for surgery so experimental. If he'd only been performed once before. Doctors use Chris his own stem cells to grow him a new windpipe. They replaced his diseased ones with this Y shaped scaffold. This is made out of in every -- object you likely have sitting in your kitchen right now it's the same type of plastic used to make soda bottles. The plastic scaffold is placed in a container and rotated like a rotisserie in a solution of the patient's stem cells -- Pick because not reliant -- on the human fascination. You can have it immediately. And it's not just capable of creating wind pipes stem cells are already being used to create livers muscles bladders and heart valves. Steal the process is expensive and insurance doesn't cover it. When that if it was a -- to mean to me now -- I mean that's what it could mean -- for -- in debt for. I mean what's the cost of life life is priceless. Priceless. To see his daughter grow up. Lindsey Davis ABC news New York.

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